5 Events to Turn Up the Summer Fun! 

Wondering what to do this summer? Take your pick from these fun-and-sun-filled local activities guaranteed to banish boredom all summer long.    

1. Adventure Playground at Hurless Barton Park

Release your inner adventurer at Adventure Playground. Designed for all children to play freely and stretch their imaginations in an open space, adult supervision is encouraged, and children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

From mid-June to late August, visitors can enjoy all this 2.5-acre site has to offer, including a waterslide, splash pad, zipline, play structure, wiffle ball field, fort building area, and more.

Public access is available for non-summer campers during the following times:

  • Monday-Friday: 5:00 p.m. to dusk, approximately 7:45 p.m.
    • The waterslide will be open until 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to dusk, approximately 7:45 p.m.
    • The water slide will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


2. Walking Trails

Head outdoors and breathe in the beauty of nature at any one of Yorba Linda’s local walking trails.

· Carbon Canyon NatureTrail

Considered a beginner route, this 3.1-mile trail takes about an hour to trek.

Carbon Canyon is a popular spot for hiking, running, walking, and exploring, so you’re bound to encounter other outdoor enthusiasts.

Want to bring your furry friend along? Dogs are allowed on a leash.

· Redwoods Grove

Another beginner-friendly route that’s popular with the public, this trail extends 1.5 miles.

During your approximately 29-minute hike, be sure to soak up your beautiful surroundings on this dog-friendly trail.

· Gilman Peak

For a more challenging hike, this 4.1-mile trail takes about 2 hours and 14 minutes to complete.

While this hotspot for hiking, running, and other outdoor exploits offers lots of lovely scenery that you can visit anytime, you’ll need to leave your four-legged friends at home.

· Weir Canyon Trail

This 3-mile trail is perfect for beginner-level hikers looking for a leisurely stroll. Expect to spend about 2 hours hiking this trail, where you’ll feel miles away the second you step foot onto the walking path.

Natural beauty blooms all around Weir Canyon, which is one of the best places to see wildflowers, including the California poppy. Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail.

3. Horseback Riding

Jump in the saddle and gain a new perspective at picturesque Irvine Park.

The expansive park covers more than 500 acres of protected wilderness to roam.  

Known as Orange County’s go-to spot for horseback adventures and English and Western riding lessons, Country Trails and Riding School sits in a spectacular setting. Lessons are available for beginner-intermediate levels, and summer camps are also offered.

Groves of Live Oaks and Sycamore trees frame the gorgeous backdrop, where you’re sure to spot creatures like deer, hawks, and peacocks on your visit.

1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869.https://www.ctriding.com/. (714) 538-5860

4. The OC Fair

What says “sweet summertime” more than a fair? At the OC Fair, which runs from July 14-August 13 in Costa Mesa, attendees of all ages can immerse themselves in plenty of food and fun.  

Live entertainment will take place at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar, and Action Sports Arena.

Guests can feast on fabulous food and enjoy carnival rides, exhibits, animals & agriculture, shopping, demos, and an array of special events and activities.

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626. https://ocfair.com/oc-fair/

5. Private Boat Charters by Prince Charters in HB

Feel the ocean breeze on an adventure-filled boat ride. Perfect for picnics on the water, family cruises, bachelorette parties, proposals, corporate events, and more.

Three private charter options are available, with ride times ranging from 1.5 to 4 hours. Charters are available for 12 passengers aboard a beautifully restored classic wood boat, a 15-passenger cruising boat, or a 30-passenger completely restored luxury yacht. https://www.princechartersllc.com 714 642-9711

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